The New York Times - OPINION - Bill Barr’s Perverse Theory of Justice
In America, no one is above the law - except the president and everyone who does wrong in his name.
May 2, 2019
On Wednesday, when Attorney General William Barr testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the Mueller report, he addressed lawmakers more as if he were a member of President Trump’s legal team than as the nation’s chief law enforcement officer.
Barr framed Trump’s actions as fully justifiable, even arguing that if the president feels an investigation is unfounded, he “does not have to sit there constitutionally and allow it to run its course.”
Whether out of sycophantic loyalty or a deep-seated belief in executive impunity, Barr has used his position to insulate the president from legal scrutiny.
He has done everything in his power to downplay the impact of the special counsel’s investigation. ...
For Barr, there are no apparent limits to presidential authority, at least as long as that president is a Republican. ...